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22 easy ways to make a small home bigger

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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If you have a small home, that you are keen to make a little larger and easier to use, it can be tempting to try and add a huge extension, but that's a costly endeavor that will take a lot of time and effort. Instead, we want you to consider something smaller and more cost-effective, that will still open up your home in a beautiful and effective way, but whilst causing minimal disruption during the building process. Your architect will be able to suggest a wealth of fantastic options for adding a little extra living space to your home, but before you ask them, take a look at our fabulous suggestions, as we may have found something that will suit you and your home down to a tee!

1. Add a wood and glass conservatory.

2. Add a large porch which you can sit out under.

 Garden  by Tende Ravini
Tende Ravini

Isola di Relax nel centro di Sirmione

Tende Ravini

3. A metal and glass orangery will never go out of style.

 Event venues by Cagis
Cagis

veranda SOLARIA

Cagis

4. A retractable porch is fantastic for adding space, when you need it.

5. A small, rear flat-roof extension won't break the bank.

modern Conservatory by ROCOCO
ROCOCO

Aluminium orangery with bi fold doors

ROCOCO

6. Dog-leg an extra room onto the back of your home and give it a proper function.

7. Would you consider a garden room? What a way to add extra space!

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Neil Dusheiko Architects

Rear elevation showing timber extension

Neil Dusheiko Architects

8. Small extension, with a roof overhang look so much bigger than they are.

9. A conservatory can be a great dining room.

country Dining room by Cagis
Cagis

veranda PROVENCE

Cagis

10. Sliding doors and an open-plan layout will make a home feel far bigger.

11. Keep your house style in mind and create a mini version, as an extension!

minimalistic Conservatory by Le Verande srls
Le Verande srls

Sliding patio doors to closure On Winter Garden

Le Verande srls

12. A rear kitchen extension is a great way to open up your home.

 Windows by London Building Renovation
London Building Renovation

Single Storey Extension Reginald Road—Northwood

London Building Renovation

13. Artistic pergolas look good and create a fantastic alfresco dining spot.

 Patios & Decks by JAGRAM-PRO
JAGRAM-PRO

Pergola adosada

JAGRAM-PRO

14. Side-return extensions maximize ALL of your dead space.

15. A self-contained party annexe adds gorgeous entertaining potential.

16. L-shaped extensions are fantastic for small gardens.

 Windows by Caseyfierro Architects
Caseyfierro Architects

FAMILY HOUSE Extension

Caseyfierro Architects

17. A tiny garden room will make your interior feel far larger.

18. Extra long pergolas offer great all-weather protection for outside areas.

19. You don't have to build an extension, if a simple outside wash area will suffice!

20. A small extension, leading to a pretty patio will add plenty of usable area to your home.

21. Wooden extensions are so simple to build and can be tailored perfectly to your existing space.

22. How about building an adults-only annexe, where you can get away from the kids now and then?

For a little extra amazing home inspiration, take a look at this article: Country homes that have mastered the rustic aesthetic!

Which of these ideas really matched your home extension ambitions?
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